Land Rover to sell upmarket final Defender limited editions

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Land Rover Defender special editions
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The Land Rover Defender is almost as old as the hills it's so good at climbing, but it is about to draw its last breath as the British manufacturer has finally decided to kill it off. The current Defender will be built in Solihull until December, when production will come to a dramatic end.

To celebrate its historic machine, Land Rover has come up with three limited-run final special edition models, which each celebrate one aspect of the vehicle's character – Heritage, Adventure and Autobiography. True to its name, Heritage cars will have a retro-design featuring classic green paintwork and a white roof. Just 400 examples will be produced, with prices starting at £27,800.

Next in line is the Adventure Edition. Thanks to underbody protection and all-terrain tyres the Adventure builds on the standard car's legendary off road ability and boasts a leather interior for a more upmarket feel. A total of 600 Adventure models will be sold in the UK with prices starting at £43,495.

Land Rover Defender special editions

Land Rover Defender special editions


Topping the line is the Autobiography Edition - pictured above in black - which offers a hefty dose of added luxury, comfort and performance, with power boosted to 148bhp. This upmarket two-tone leather-lined version is available exclusively as a three-door model with just 80 to be sold in the UK. As for the price, you'll need to stump up a substantial £61,845.

To celebrate the staggering lifetime of its tough off-roader Land Rover has drawn out an enormous 1km scale of this boxy model, on the beach that was used to sketch the original design by Rover's then engineering director, 68 years ago. Maurice Wilks' design was intended to double as a capable off-roader and light tractor and subsequently acquired the name 'Land Rover'.

All three 'Celebration Series' models are available to order now. Land Rover is also mulling over the viability of continuing to produce the current Defender overseas, after December, which could allow for low-scale production for markets outside of the EU.

Take a look at how Land Rover sketched out this mammoth Defender silhouette on Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey, in the video below.